Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival

The Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival is the largest school festival of drama in the country. There are 24 regional festivals around New Zealand with over 5500 students competing. At each festival, a 15minute scene from any of Shakespeare’s plays is selected to represent the region at the National Festival in Wellington during Queen’s Birthday weekend. In the Southland event, the winning 15 minute scene was The James Hargest College performance of Richard III directed by Jo Buist. In the scene, Richard, played by Dryw McArthur is confronted by three of the women he has wronged played by Olivia Riley, Ebony Phillips and Sarah Boniface.

The SGCNZ UOSWS Festival is the culmination of these regional festivals and features the best performances from around the country. In this elite company Dryw has been selected as a member of the Young Shakespeare Company tour to the Globe Theatre in London where he will work with the Globe vocal, movement and choreography experts in an opportunity many professional actors will never be offered.  

He was also awarded two esteemed individual awards during the weekend; Best Communication with the Audience and Most Promising Actor. There is only one Most Promising Actor Award given at the culmination of the festival and all of the assessors made a point of coming to congratulate Dryw and tell him how much they enjoyed his performance and that they look forward to following his future. The assessors were all venerated professionals in their field, two of them from London. This award is recognition of Dryw’s immense talent and hard work.